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Baby’s made a small jump in height this week but a giant leap in weight! And what you can do NOW to prepare for breastfeeding.
Baby Natural is around 2.75 pounds and 16 inches in length this week. So just a small jump in height from last week, but one giant leap in weight.
This trend will continue for the next 11 weeks. Baby will grow a few inches in length, and double or perhaps triple in weight.
And she needs those lbs, of course! The “white fat” she’s filling out with helps her store energy. Whereas the “brown fat” she developed months ago helped her generate and regulate her body temperature.
Two fun facts about baby weight:
In other news, baby natural is developing the buds for her permanent teeth right now—these choppers will lie dormant for 5–10 years before they make their debut.
Isn’t it amazing how are bodies are prepared for adulthood even when we’re in the womb?
Hemorrhoids. Just the word alone makes me cringe. Because of our increased blood volume and estrogen production, some of us can struggle with the dreaded hemorrhoids.
Luckily, I didn’t have to deal with these, but I know many mamas who did. Interesting to note, did you know that hemorrhoids are basically varicose veins in your anus?! Wild.
Luckily, there are some natural things we can do to prevent and treat hemorrhoids. Let’s begin with prevention—here are some important things to do:
Here’s more information on (and relief for) hemorrhoids during pregnancy.
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When I was pregnant the first time around, I figured breastfeeding would be a breeze. Just pop baby on breast, and voilà!
My experience couldn’t be further from the truth. The fact is for most first-time mamas, breastfeeding can be extremely difficult. The first few weeks (or even months) can be rough, filled with doubt, pain, and lots of frustration.
That’s why it’s a great idea to start reading about and preparing for breastfeeding NOW.
And trust me, if you stick it out those first 6 weeks, breastfeeding becomes second nature. By 3 months, you'll be a pro (and so will your baby!).
Some helpful things you can do now to prepare for breastfeeding:
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